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Leeville will get a fishing pier, despite state’s budget woes

Leeville will get a fishing pier, despite state’s budget woes

Lafourche Parish Councilman Daniel Lorraine spent a good bit of pre-public council meeting time on Tuesday, March 8, showing constituents a letter from the State of Louisiana announcing funding from State Capital Outlay for a fishing pier at the Leeville Public Boat Launch.

Trouble is, the date of the letter is August 10, 2015.

Lorraine says the letter and its announcement should have been made public in August and the project should be completed by now.

He is worried that a state budget crisis and Special Legislative Session in Baton Rouge may cause the state to withdraw the $500,000 dedicated to the project.

“If we lose this money because of budget crisis, shame on Charlotte and Archie Chiasson,” said Lorraine.
But the money is budgeted, and along with a parish appropriation of an additional $166,000, a fishing pier and pavilion will be added to the $1.2 million Leeville Public Boat Launch in the near future Bob Gourges, of “Between the Banks” TV fishing show, also spoke about the pier’s potential.

Calling the fishing pier an “economic engine” which will help generate a financial boost to the tiny Leeville community, he says Leeville is already seeing the benefits of the public launch.

“The Leeville boat launch has been a tremendous step. The businesses in Leeville are busy from people coming to Leeville and launching their boats,” said Gourges. “It’s been a perfect project. When that bridge (LA1 Elevated Highway) cut off Leeville and hurt all those merchants, we’re now recuperating from that,” he added.
Gourges, like Lorraine, says it’s a shame that the launch and its improvements have hit another “snag” or delay due to what he calls paperwork.

“If it wasn’t for our councilmen in that area, we’d still be trying to get a boat launch. Everybody that’s been here for awhile knows how hard it was to get that launch, all the hurdles we went through. I hope that all that work that Senator Chabert did is not for naught.”

State Senator Norby Chabert was instrumental in getting the outlay money which will be used for the boat launch as well as the fishing pier.

The pier and pavilion project now moves to design and bid phase, before construction.